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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

200 years old today. Some hailed Dickens for his stark realism, for the humour that accompanied his writings, personalities that were as unique as the stories themselves (Scrooge and Miss Havisham anybody?) and for the feeling that there was a need for a reform of society, something that could be said to be true of postmodern society – Dickens was a fierce critic of Victorian society, and vast differences that he oberved between the classes – those that had, and those that did not (this could again be a critique of postmodern society). Perhaps the greatest character in all of his novels though was not a person, but Victorian London. His writings offer us a view not just of aristocratic London as it once was, but what lay beneath.

Dickens is for me an inspiration, a writer who wrote novels, and gave social commentary. Happy Birthday, Charles.


February 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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